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HD on a Budget - MSI G41TM-E43 (Intel G41)

HD on a Budget - MSI G41TM-E43 (Intel G41)

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Playing HD videos without a hitch using integrated graphics has been a goal that Intel reached with its GMA X4500HD, which has full HD hardware acceleration. But what about the other variants in its lineup, like the G41 and 43 chipsets? We explore this with the MSI G41TM-E43.

Gigabyte MA790GP-UD4H (AMD 790GX) - Ultra Durable 3 for DDR2

Gigabyte MA790GP-UD4H (AMD 790GX) - Ultra Durable 3 for DDR2

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AMD's Phenom II has quickly established itself as a platform for more budget conscious consumers. What better than to pair it with an AM2+ 790GX motherboard that uses more affordable DDR2 memory? We give you the lowdown on the Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H.

MSI X58 Pro-E - A Mainstream Intel X58?

MSI X58 Pro-E - A Mainstream Intel X58?

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With one of the best prices that we have ever seen for a Core i7 motherboard, MSI's X58 Pro-E seems to have it all. Features, price and the quality from a reputable top tier motherboard vendor. Does it really have the performance to match? Find out in our rundown.

Mainstream AM3 - AMD 790GX Motherboard Showdown

Mainstream AM3 - AMD 790GX Motherboard Showdown

AMD has been catching up with some of Intel's more powerful processors with its latest AM3 Phenom II offerings. This is aided in part by the competitively priced mainstream boards of which the 790GX chipset plays a major role. We cover three of the top Socket AM3 790GX boards available now from ASUS, BIOSTAR and MSI.

The DIY Zotac Ion Motherboard Kit

The DIY Zotac Ion Motherboard Kit

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After the recent introduction of the first retail implementation of the NVIDIA Ion platform from Acer, NVIDIA continues to push its chipset by sending us a barebones motherboard kit from Zotac with a dual-core Intel Atom processor installed. Here's a quick update with our findings.

The Overclocking DNA - ASUS Rampage II Gene (Intel X58)

The Overclocking DNA - ASUS Rampage II Gene (Intel X58)

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A high-end enthusiast class chipset like the Intel X58 Express in a microATX form factor? That has been done. But what about a microATX board bearing ASUS' overclocking oriented Republic of Gamers logo? We check out the small but lean Rampage II Gene.

Atomic Powered Mini PC - the Intel D945GCLF2 Kit

Atomic Powered Mini PC - the Intel D945GCLF2 Kit

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We have all seen the Intel Atom turning up in every low-cost PC, mobile or otherwise. These however are usually the single core variants. What about the less common dual-core versions? Read all about our experiences with the dual-core Intel Atom in a mini-ITX package.

Wielding Foxconn's Flaming Blade (Intel X58)

Wielding Foxconn's Flaming Blade (Intel X58)

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Fancy yourself a strapping warrior in an RPG? Foxconn's latest X58 motherboard has quite a striking name and an eye-catching box that seem more suited for a graphics card or gaming peripheral product than a staid motherboard. Here's our attempt at wielding the Flaming Blade.

Small Wonder - Zotac GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi

Small Wonder - Zotac GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi

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Need the perfect compact motherboard for your HTPC setup? Then the Zotac GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi could just be the ideal board for you. Small, but feature-packed and powerful, we take a closer look at this tiny dynamo and see if it has what it takes to seize centre stage in your living room.

Flame Freezing the Intel X58 - DFI LANParty UT X58-T3eH8

Flame Freezing the Intel X58 - DFI LANParty UT X58-T3eH8

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DFI has brought its Flame Freezer heatsink over to the latest Core i7 platform with its Intel X58 board, the LANParty UT X58-T3eH8. Equipped with its usual overclocking friendly BIOS, DFI promises more hours of tweaking for enthusiasts. We tried our hand at it and here are our thoughts.

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